Commodities of the Abstract Sort

a hopefully-less-pretentious-than-other-pretentious-music-blogs music blog

Celebratory First Birthday Mix Saturday February 16, 2008

Filed under: mix — Kayla @ 12:18 pm


I realized yesterday that today is the 1st brithday of this here blog, which is insane, I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for an entire year. In celebration I made a little mix for you all. In order to make this mix I searched the words “one” and “birthday” in my itunes. Yeah, I know…I never claimed to be good at theme mixes. Special thanks to my BFF Jill for allowing her face to be used as cover art and extra-special thanks to all of you for reading this and sticking with me for the past 365 days.

The next year will hopefully be even more awesome here at CotAS, of course there will be more great music, and I’m going to work on getting more band interview-type content going. But most exciting and most set in stone is that I have finally finagled someone who knows how to bend the internet to his will into helping me redesign CotAS and get it off of and onto a more practical server. That means no more looking at this incredibly ill-conceived layout and easier music hosting. Awesome. Thanks Kevin, you’re pretty much my hero.

Anyway, enough award-speech rhetoric. Without further ado, the Commodities of the Abstract Sort Celebratory Birthday Mix:

1. The Beatles-Birthday

2. The New Pornographers-The New Face of Zero and One

3. Casper and the Cookies-Yer Birthday

4. Oh No! Oh My!-Oh Be One

5. Page France-Young One

6. Cataldo-One Year of Solitude

7. Gonzalez-One Note at a Time

8. Le Loup-Canto I

9. Andrew Bird-The Happy Birthday Song

[Zip] The Commodities of the Abstract Sort Celebratory Birthday Mix


You should maybe go vote for me…. Monday August 20, 2007

Filed under: Local,mix — Kayla @ 4:28 pm

cover 4


Well…I kind of didn’t have a real job for a little bit there and so I took to doing things like entering mix cd contests hosted by Bumbershoot. Now, in the way of those sad unpopular girls who launched largely unsuccessful campaigns to get nominated for prom queen every year I need you to vote for me. It’s easy, you just go here and follow the directions. You can vote more than once! Kind of like American Idol…only with less looking at Clay Aiken’s face.


I’m number 35 and my cd is called “Obscure Time Signatures are for Lovers.” It’s all waltzes because a) I really like waltzes and b) the all-waltz mix cd brought me my second ever win of anything in the Trail mix cd contest last semester (this is a different mix though because the songs had to be by current or former Bumbershoot artists).


Here’s the tracklist:


1. Bird On a Wire – Rogue Wave
2. MX Missiles – Andrew Bird
3. Let It Die – Feist
4. Waltz #2 (Xo) – Elliott Smith
5. My Mother Was a Chinese Trapeze Artist – The Decemberists
6. When I Was a Baby – The New Pornographers
7. Enchanted Forest – P:ano
8. Sad Songs and Waltzes – Cake
9. Death of an Interior Decorator – Death Cab for Cutie
10. Drink Deep – Laura Veirs
11. Weird – Menomena
12. My Mathematical Mind – Spoon


I don’t have it uploaded on the internet, but if enough people want it I will go through the hassle…because I love you guys and because I still only have half of a real job.


Even More Non-Content Friday April 20, 2007

Filed under: mix — Kayla @ 9:33 pm

Assorted Cupcakes HA8V7488
(there is no logical picture to put here, but it would be awkward without one. Solution: Cupcakezzz)

For serious guys, I am so incredibly burnt out on writing anything that involves complete sentences that I am finding it hard even to write about music. Thanks 2 literature classes at one time, for killing my will to live. BUT! School is technically over in 1.5 weeks at which time I will regain my will to live/write about music. In the meantime here is another mix cd that I made for the KUPS picnic/mix cd exchange.

1. Tilly & the Wall-Bad Education

2. Headlights-Owl Eyes

3. Jordan O’ Jordan-Hard-Handed Lesson

4. Heypenny-Parade

5. Electric President-Good Morning, Hypocrite

6. Sea Wolf-Middle Distance Runner

7. Peter and the Wolf-The Fall

8. Cataldo-Wedding Cake

9. Ben Gibbard-Complicated (Avril Lavigne cover) (yes, you read that right)

10. The Format-1000 Umbrellas (XTC Cover)

11. Skybox-Various Kitchen Utensils

12. Black Bear-I Believe in Immediacy

13. Elliott Smith-Let’s Turn the Record Over (this was supposed to be the last song on a 2-disc From a Basement on a Hill

[zip] Mix CD (of glory and wonder)

The Tain by The Decemberists is on the original too, but I didn’t put it on here because that would be putting a whole album on the internet, and that’s even more unethical than putting single songs on the internet. Also there’s no cover art because I’m lazy, or better yet, let’s call it another fun interactive blogging experience and you can put your own cover art in.


The Entire Opperation Of Waltz Tuesday April 3, 2007

Filed under: mix — Kayla @ 7:33 pm


Edit: I totally got 2nd place in this contest. This is only the second time in my life that I have won something. The first time was the Oreo Stacking Contest at the Ridgecrest, CA Kmart when I was 10. This is decidedly more glamorous….

There is a mix CD contest sponsored by the campus newspaper going on right now and so today instead of doing my stats project I made a mix CD. I have this playlist on my itunes that is all waltzes; whenever I come across a waltz (or more generally something in 3/4) I stick it in there. So, I figured I would put that playlist to use and make a mix CD of all waltzes. It was kind of surprising how different they all sound despite being in the same time signature. Here is the tracklist:

1. My Mother Was a Chinese Trapeze Artist-Tarkio (this is also a Decemberists song. Tarkio is Colin Meloy’s college band from Montana. I put this one on here because I bought the Decemberists versions on itunes and their copy protections prevent you from converting things to mp3)

2. Hills-Thao Nguyen

3. Waltz #2 (Xo)-Elliott Smith

4. Castle-Time-Chris Garneau

5. Clyde In New Orleans-Norfolk & Western

6. Plans Get Complex-All-Time Quarterback (aka Ben Gibbard of Death Cab in 1999. See also: the funniest music video ever made. Ben Gibbard is a very, very bad actor)

7. Lips and Dollars-Cataldo

8. Weird-Menomena

9. Bird On a Wire-Rogue Wave

10. Marvelous Things-Eisley

11. My Mathematical Mind-Spoon

[zip] The Entire Opperation of Waltz Mix

Sorry, not individual direct links this time because that would take obsecene amounts of bandwidth. The cover art is in there too so it can even be pretty in your itunes. Enjoy!